The basic goal of the architects in the community micro-upgrade program is to improve the aged and outmoded public environment, and, on the perquisite of satisfying the functional needs of the residents, to bring open design concepts and aesthetic cognition to the community and the residents’ daily life. But in reality, every aforementioned goal will be meticulously questioned: To what extent the community problems can be solved in the context of architecture? How to balance between residents' demands and design?
The boundary in the above two questions is what Yi workshop tries to explore in this competition. Architects, by making a complete design while maintaining a sense of integrity, always seek to propose a solution that can solve all the problems raised by the community. However, the workshop mentioned in this interview that it is necessary to recognize that, against a background of fast city development, some remained issues (such as parking stalls) can’t be solved in architecture. It is equally important to make distinctions and trade-offs and, on this basis, to continue to answer the questions on how to solve them.